Longships, roundhouses and water wheels
Harking back to a bygone age, discover the rugged coastline, spectacular scenery and seaside towns of the Isle of Man as you explore this charming island by heritage railways, learn about the islands Celtic and Viking heritage, and even see the world’s largest working water wheel!
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
- Porterage at all hotels
- Return ferry travel
- Saga tour manager
- Half board
- Welcome drink reception
- A ride on the Manx Electric Railway
- Visit the Grove Museum of Family Life
- The House of Manannan in Peel
- Visit to the Great Laxey Wheel
- A ride on the Snaefell Mountain Railway
Travel to Blackpool and check into the 4-star Imperial Hotel (4Q), located on a quiet part of the promenade. Car parking can be arranged at the hotel tonight and for the duration of your tour, for an extra charge. Enjoy a welcome drink followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Blackpool-Heysham-Douglas
After breakfast you transfer to the seaside village of Heysham, overlooking Morecambe Bay. You’ll have some time to explore – perhaps see the atmospheric ruins of St Patrick’s Chapel – before boarding the Isle of Man Steam Packet ferry to Douglas, the island’s capital. Spend the next three nights at the 3-star Ascot Hotel (3Q), just minutes from the seafront and promenade.
Douglas, Ramsey and Peel
Today’s included full-day excursion explores the North of the Island starting with a trip back on the Victorian Manx Electric Railway, built as a link between the Island’s capital, Douglas, with Laxey in the east and Ramsey in the north. Enjoy some of the most scenic stretches of railway in the British Isles en route to Ramsey, which has a busy harbour and a pleasant beach. Travel by coach to the Grove Museum of Victorian Life for a real insight into the era. Next stop is on the West coast – to the delightful port of Peel where you will have some free time to explore the quayside and have lunch (at your own expense). Afterwards, visit the House of Manannan to tour a reconstruction of a Celtic roundhouse, Viking longship and Viking longhouse. Return to Douglas along part of the famous annual TT course.
Laxey and the Snaefell Mountain Railway.
Journey north to witness the world’s largest working water wheel, the Great Laxey Wheel, affectionately known as Lady Isabella. Built in 1854 to pump water from the nearby lead mines, it has a diameter of 22 metres and a circumference of just under 70 metres! You then step aboard the Snaefell Mountain Railway for a ride to the summit of the island’s only mountain, where it’s said you can see views of the ‘seven kingdoms’ – the kingdoms of England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, heaven and the sea. Perhaps enjoy the views from the cafe at the top.
After breakfast, catch the ferry back to Heysham and continue to Blackpool for your onward journey home.